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TOP STORY:

MONTANA BUDGET-MEDICAID CUTS

HELENA — A group of Montana nursing homes and assisted-living facilities sued the state on Monday to halt cuts to their reimbursements for providing care to Medicaid patients, cuts that have caused other Medicaid providers to curtail services or close altogether. By Matt Volz. SENT: 580 words.

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DISABLED INMATES-SETTLEMENT — U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch of Missoula said he would approve a settlement in a lawsuit filed by the ALCU of Montana over conditions for Montana State Prison inmates with disabilities

MINE PERMIT —State officials have suspended the operating permit for an idled mine south of Helena after its owner failed to post sufficient bonds to cover potential reclamation costs.

MOTNANA-FATAL CARJACKING —Police in Billings say an elderly man was abducted and killed during an attempted carjacking.

PROSECUTORS APPEAL DISMISSAL —Missoula County prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to dismiss a domestic abuse case after she received late notice of a plea agreement.

MISSING BOATER — Missoula County officials have suspended the search for a 70-year-old man who is missing after falling into the Clark Fork River from a drift boat.

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